Alexa, Open Cortana: Amazon, Microsoft Team Up on Voice

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Amazon and Microsoft have made a decision to work together in the AI voice assistant arena rather than erect barriers between one another. Microsoft and Amazon are working together to ensure that their voice-driven digital assistants will be able to work together in a surprising collaboration.

Excitingly, this also suggests you'll be able to do things like schedule recording times on connected TV platforms like EE TV and YouView via Cortana, as well as make use of the many new skills being written by third-party developers. Alexa will play music, answer questions, get news and local information, control smart home products, and other tasks from voice-enabled products.

"The world is big and so multifaceted", Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, said in a statement.

Alexa customers will get access to Cortana's features like the ability to book a meeting or access work calendars.

Amazon's voice-powered digital assistant Alexa will now be able to activate Microsoft's own assistant Cortana, and vice versa. But, Nadella and Bezos remain hopeful.

According to a report from Business Insider, there could possibly be an integration with Apple and Google's virtual assistant.

Alexa now dominates the market in terms of available skills: As of June, Alexa had 15,069 skills, compared to Google Assistant's 378 and Cortana's 65.

The new multi-room support works across the main Amazon Echo and Amazon Dot devices, and just like the rest of Alexa, is operated primarily through voice control. Bezos believes that customers should have "access to as many of those A.I.s as possible". With Alexa compatibility on the way, Cortana could become even more prevalent. Microsoft and Amazon are planning to fully detail their partnership later today.

HomePod is created to work with the Apple Music subscription service and can produce rich sound while tapping into the artificial intelligence power of Siri. That is highly unlikely at this point since Apple's Siri and Google Assistant are deeply rooted in their respective proprietary mobile operating systems, iOS and Android. It's his idea that Amazon took to Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft.

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